AMERICAN LEGION POST 53

The August 2019 meeting was called to order by Commander Brettmann at 1930 hours.

The July minutes were approved. The financial report was approved.

The Board reported that three of their members attended the County Board meeting concerning the land west of the Club. If the County gets control, the UVC will lease it from them. They are looking for anyone interested in learning how to keep Bingo records.

The members present voted to purchase 10 wreaths for Wreaths Across America.

Guest Joh Aries spoke about Legion Riders and their upcoming Cenntinal Ride.

Deceased veterans were honored.

The September 2019 meeting will be on the 10th  at 1930 hours.

Respectfully submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Adjutant

VFW Post #1347

The July meeting was held on the second. We had a total of eight members present of these six were officers.

The Board reported that the flag poles are old and getting worn. Looking for ideas. There are now 45 engraved bricks on the Memorial Walk. The WIFI system has been replaced. The south wall of the lounge will be the Poppy Certificate Wall.

There will be a veterans benefits meeting on the 17th in the Liberty Room at 6:00 PM.

On the 20th of July Stuhr Museum will be holding a 100 anniversary of WWI.

The Auxiliary won $75.00 at the Department Convention for their Poppy Flag entry.

It would be nice to see more members attend the Post meetings.

The next meeting will be on August 6th at 7:30 PM.

 Respectively submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Quartermaster

VFW Post #1347

The June meeting was held on the fourth. We had eight members present.

The Board reported that the county will hold elections in our facility on November 3rd.  A request to amend the UVC By-laws will be in the July bulletin and posted in the Club. Vote will be at the annual meeting in September. The American flags have been replaced in the circle at the vacated Veterans Home. The Vietnam wall display was very successful.

National Convention will be July 20 to 24.

The Auxiliary toy drive went well. 38 families received toys. The Lions Club donated 44 backpacks to older children. $400 was given out in gift cards.

The next meeting will be on July 2nd at 7:30 PM.

 Respectively submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Quartermaster

AMERICAN LEGION POST 53

 

The May 2019 meeting was called to order by Commander Schleicher at 1930 hours.

 

The April minutes were approved. The financial report was approved.

 

Members reaching 50 or more years were honored with a Certificate and Pin recognizing their continuous service. Those in attendance were Tom Collins, Chad Komarek. Le Roy Larson, Eugene Pesek and Thomas Sorahan.

 

Membership still in the 80% range.

 

Second call for nomination of officers.  Jim Brettmann Commander.  1st Vice Commander Mike Ponte.  2nd Vice Commander George Olsen. Chaplain Leonard Sloan. 3 year Board Member Verne Hill. There being no further candidates, a motion and 2nd was made to cast a white ballot for the nominees. Motion carried. The above named are the officers for the coming year. They will assume office in July.

 

 District #6 Commander, Rich Lemmeman  called Commander Schleicher and s stated  that we were to no longer pay for Boys State and Jr. Law candidates and that we would receive a refund for the them. That being said, a motion and 2nd was made that when we receive the refund we will pay the District dues. Motion approved.

 

The Board reported that new crash bars have been installed on some doors. 40 engraved bricks have been sold on Memorial Walk. Ron Callihan is the new maintenance man and Don Kemerling will assist him. A new mower has been purchased. Viet Nam wall will be here May 23 through May 27.

 

Deceased veterans were honored.

 

The Mat 2019 meeting will be on the 14th  at 1930 hours.

 

Respectfully submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Adjutant

AMERICAN LEGION POST 53

 

The April 2019 meeting was called to order by Commander Schleicher at 1930 hours.

 

There were 13 members present for the meeting.

 

The March minutes were approved. The financial report was approved.

 

The Board reported that the water heater in the janitors closet has been replaced. The flags at the old Veterans Home will be flown at all times. Replacement flags will be the responsibility of our Club. They are looking for replacements for our maintenance man and part time maintenance man. Drink prices were increased on drinks using canned pop or juice.

 

Membership hit 80%.

 

First call for nomination of officers. Mike Ponte  and Jim Brettmann Commander. 2nd Vice Commander George Olsen. Chaplain Leonard Sloan. 3 year Board Member Verne Hill. There was no candidate for 1st Vice Commander. Second call and election  will be at the May meeting.

 

 District #6 Commander, Rich Lemmeman attended to discuss district dues. He explained their income and expenses. It appears that our Post has been paying for Boys State and Jr. Law Cadets while the district was also paying for them. Quite a discussion followed about this “double dipping” by Department and District. While resolution was decided, the District Commander is to get back to us regarding this issue. As of now, the District receives 35 cents for each of our members and wants us to add another 20 cents. Giving them 55 cents per member.

 

Deceased veterans were honored.

 

The Mat 2019 meeting will be on the 14th  at 1930 hours.

 

Respectfully submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Adjutant

AMERICAN LEGION POST 53

 

The March 2019 meeting was called to order by Commander Schleicher at 1930 hours.

 

There were 13 members present for the meeting.

 

The February minutes were approved. The financial report was approved.

 

The Board reported that the floors have been stripped and waxed; A new counter-top has been installed in the waitress station; All insurance policies have been updated and  renewed.   

 

Membership is still in the 75% to 80% range.

 

It was reported that the Honor Guard performed military rites for 24 veterans during January and February. This is the most in any two month period.

 

Members voted to purchase $2,000 worth of baseballs for the Legion teams. Also members voted to donate $200 to the Auxiliary for their Easter Egg Hunt.

 

We received a letter from the District Commander about the district dues. Members voted to have him attend our next meeting and explain in fuller detail about the dues.

 

There will be a Baseball dinner on March 30th.

 

Deceased veterans were honored.

 

The April 2019 meeting will be on the ninth  at 1930 hours.

 

Respectfully submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Adjutant

AMERICAN LEGION POST 53

 

The February 2019 meeting was called to order by 1st Vice Commander Ponte at 1930 hours.

 

There were 9 members present for the meeting and one guest.

 

The January minutes were approved. The financial report was approved.

 

The Board reported that the land west of the Club has been surveyed; Club is responsible for the flags at the old Veterans Home.  

 

Membership is still in the 75% range.

 

Bob merchant donated a picture drawn by him to the Club. It will be hung in the United Room.

 

Members voted to donate $100 for the GICC Post Prom Party.

 

Commander Schleicher is on the sick and disabled list.

 

Deceased veterans were honored.

 

The March 2019 meeting will be on the 12th  at 1930 hours.

 

Respectfully submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Adjutant

AMERICAN LEGION POST 53

 

The January 2019 meeting was called to order by Commander Schleicher at 1930 hours.

 

There were 1o members present for the meeting.

 

The December minutes were approved. The financial report was approved.

 

The Board reported that the lease for the land west of the Club has been signed. Term is for 100 years at a cost of $1.00. Rich Boerson, Don Kemerling and Rich and Lavon Catron were thanked for their bingo work.

 

Membership is still in the 75% range.

 

Members voted to donate $50 for the luncheon for veterans on the third and fourth floors at the hospital

 

Deceased veterans were honored.

 

The February 2019 meeting will be on the 12th  at 1930 hours.

 

Respectfully submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Adjutant

AMERICAN LEGION POST 53
MINUTES
December 11, 2018

Meeting called to order by Cmdr Schleicher. 

Opening ceremonies were conducted by Cmdr Schleicher 1st VC Ponte & Chaplin Sloan.

Minutes were approved as read.

Financial Report: Motion & 2nd to approve. Carried.

Roll Call: 11 Officers present, 2 absent. 13 members present. 
 
Committee Reports given: Board: Working on land west of club; Two tall tables & 8 chairs bought for lounge; Club closed 12/24 open 12 to 6 News Years day.  Membership is at 75%. 

 Sick Call: None. Comrade in  Distress: None.

 Old Business: Adjutant reported on district dues. Dept. agreed that dues increase was to help districts. District receives .35/member. Motion & 2nd not to pay & send letter explaining why. Carried.

New Business: Motion & 2nd donate $100 for Wreaths Across America. Carried.

Communications: Ground breaking for stadium 11/21/19.

Deceased veterans honored. 

There being no further business closing ceremonies were conducted. Meeting adjourned . Next meeting 1/8/19 at 1930 hours.

Respectfully submitted

AMERICAN LEGION POST 53

 

The November 2018 meeting was called to order by Commander Schleicher at 1930 hours.

 

There were 10 members present for the meeting.

 

The October minutes were approved. The financial report was approved.

 

The Board reported that the sprinklers have been installed and the new trees planted. Happy hour prices have been revised. Were approached about a “hike & bike” trail at the east end of Memorial Park. 35 bricks have been sold on the Memorial Walk.    

 

Membership is at 474.

 

A motion and second to donate $500 for the band scheduled for February, 2019 also $200 was requested for the Veterans Breakfast. These motions were approved. A motion and 2nd was made to donate $100 to the Christmas Cheer and Salvation Army. This was approved.

 

The Christmas Party at the Veterans Hospital and Veterans Home will be held on December 4.

 

Deceased veterans were honored.

 

The December 2018 meeting will be on the 11th  at 1930 hours.

 

Respectfully submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Adjutant

AMERICAN LEGION POST 53

 

The October 2018 meeting was called to order by Commander Schleicher at 1930 hours.

 

There were 11 members present for the meeting.

 

The September minutes were approved. The financial report was approved.

 

Board reported that sprinklers are being installed in the Park to due away with the water wheels. A band will be playing in the Park on Memorial Day. Bob Lahen has been installed as Vice Chairman of the Board. Only four people attended the open Board meeting.    

 

Membership is at 72 percent.

 

A motion and second was made to donate $100 to the veterans bus fund and $500 to the Viet Nam traveling wall. Both motions were approved.

 

It was reported that Commander Ponte is to have surgery on his knee.

 

Deceased veterans were honored.

 

The November 2018 meeting will be on the 13th  at 1930 hours.

 

Respectfully submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Adjutant

AMERICAN LEGION POST 53

 

The September 2018 meeting was called to order by Commander Schleicher at 1930 hours.

 

There were 11 members present for the meeting.

 

The August minutes were approved. The financial report was approved.

 

Board reported that more trees and sprinklers will be added in the Park. The new freezer has been installed and the old one donated to Central Catholic. Military branch flags will be added along the Memorial Wall when the American Flags are flown.   

 

Membership is at 55 percent.

 

A thank you was received from the Veterans Hospital Special Services committee for our donation.

 

Grand Island Public Schools Scholarship Foundation sent us a copy of the criteria used to award our scholarship. No changes are needed.

 

Deceased veterans were honored.

 

The October 2018 meeting will be on the 9th  at 1930 hours. Would like to seemore members present.

 

Respectfully submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Adjutant

AMERICAN LEGION POST 53

 

The August 2018 meeting was called to order by Commander Schleicher at 1930 hours.

 

There were 10 members present for the meeting.

 

The July minutes were approved. The financial report was approved.

 

Board reported that the NFL football games will be televised unless players demonstrate. A new freezer has been ordered and should be here this week. The open Board meeting will be held on September 19th at 7:30 PM.   

 

The VA Medical Center has two vans now to transport veterans. A motion was made and seconded to donate $50.00 to the VA Volunteer Services Committee. Motion carried.

 

The Veterans Service Office has a budget of $266,000 for the coming year. It was also reported that there are 22 applicants for the 4th Hero Flight.

 

Membership is at 50 percent. Which is very good for the first month.

 

A thank you card was received from Relay for Life for our donation to their cause.

 

Deceased veterans were honored.

 

The September 2018 meeting will be on the 11th  at 1930 hours.

 

Respectfully submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Adjutant

AMERICAN LEGION POST 53

 The July 2018 meeting was called to order by Commander Schleicher at 1930 hours.

There were 10 members present for the meeting.

The June minutes were approved. The financial report was approved.

Board reported that they are considering installing sprinklers for the baseball fields.  

A letter was received from the Central Nebraska Veterans Memorial in Kearney. They are requesting donations to build a memorial at the new Veterans Home. No action  was  taken.

Membership  renewals are coming in at a rapid rate

Deceased veterans were honored.

The August 2018 meeting will be on the 14th  at 1930 hours.

Respectfully submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Adjutant

AMERICAN LEGION POST 53

The June 2018 meeting was called to order by Commander Schleicher at 1930 hours.

There were 12 members present for the meeting.

The May minutes were approved. The financial report was approved.

Board reported that the Memorial Day event was well attended. The large beer cooler is still for sale.

Commander Schleicher appointed officers for the coming year. Simpson as Adjutant/Finance; Donahey Sgt. At Arms & POW/MIA; Lathen children & youth; Palensky Americanism: Ponte Service Officer.

Members voted to donate $500 to Relay for Life.

A photograph was received of our scholarship winner Jadeyn Stutzman.

Deceased veterans were honored.

The July 2018 meeting will be on the 10th at 1930 hours.

Respectfully submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Adjutant

AMERICAN LEGION POST 53

The May 2018 meeting was called to order by Commander Schleicher at 1930 hours.

There were 18 members present for the meeting.

The April minutes were approved. The financial report was approved.

The Post was honored to be able to present 50 year continous membership certificates and pins to Dave Detweiler and Jerry  Taylor.

Board reported that the Kitchen door has been replaced and 31 bricks have been sold.

Second call for nominations was given. Only one new nominee, Roger Schleicher for Commander. A motion was made and seconded to close nominations and that the Adjutant cast a White ballot for the nominees. Motion carried.

Officers for the coming year are: Commander Roger Schleicher, 1st Vice Commander Michael Ponte, 2nd Vice Commander Jim Brettmann, Chaplin Sloan, and Glen Palensky for the Board.

Department Convention is in Kearney June 21-24.

Deceased veterans were honored.

The June 2018 meeting will be on the 12th  at 1930 hours.

Respectfully submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Adjutant

AMERICAN LEGION POST 53

 The April 2018 meeting was called to order by 1st Vice Commander Ponte at 1930 hours.

There were 12 members present for the meeting.

The March minutes were approved. The financial report was approved.

A  member of the Legion Baseball Committee gave a very detailed report on their income and expenses. They had a net profit last year.

A group from Grand Island High School gave a report on the proposed improvements at the Memorial Stadium. It will be quite an undertaking over a three year period.

Board reported that American Legion Auxiliary will no longer help at Bingo. Happy hour will continue during Nebraska football games. Patrons with problems need to discuss them with the Manager and not harass employees. The Club will be used as a polling place for the May 15 and Nov 6 elections. The Vietnam Wall will be on display in the Park May 22 thru 27, 2019. Club has a negative income of $15,900 in February. This was due to many items being paid for and/or paid ahead.

Members voted to give $200 to the Legion Auxiliary for their Easter Egg Hunt.

A thank you letter was received from the Central Catholic Post prom committee.

Department Convention is in Kearney June 21-24.

Deceased veterans were honored.

The May 2018 meeting will be on the 8th  at 1930 hours.

Respectfully submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Adjutant

AMERICAN LEGION POST 53

 The March 2018 meeting was called to order by Commander Schleicher at 1930 hours.

There were 14 members present for the meeting.

The February minutes were approved. The financial report was approved.

Children and Youths reported that five candidates for Boys State have been received and one for Jr. Law.

The Fourth Hero Flight is scheduled for May 8 to 10, 2018.

Memorial Day programming is underway. Date is May 28.  

Board reported that damaged ceiling tiles in the Liberty Room are being replaced. The furnace in the United Room had been replaced. A new ruling that there will be no gambling pools allowed by members or non-members. The Club had a $478 loss in January.

Members voted to purchase $2,000 worth of baseballs for the Legion teams.

The Adjutant showed the original letter from Post #53 for a Charter to the 40 and 8. The letter was found in a book donated to the Veterans Home. The letter was dated in 1921. The Adjutant thought  it should framed and displayed for historical purposes in the Club. Members voted to do so.

Department Convention is in Kearney June 21-24.

Deceased veterans were honored.

The April 2018 meeting will be on the 10th  at 1930 hours.

Respectfully submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Adjutant

AMERICAN LEGION POST 53

 The January 2018 meeting was called to order by Commander Schleicher at 1930 hours.

There were 10 members present for the meeting.

The December minutes were approved. The financial report was approved.

The Board reported that new tables have been ordered for the lounge. They will be delivered when the matching formica tops are installed. Club had a $2,154 profit for November.

The Hero Flight committee will be serving Spaghetti in January.

Boys State paperwork was received and given to Comrade Lathen for processing.

Deceased veterans were honored.

The February 2018 meeting will be on the 13th  at 1930 hours.

Respectfully submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Adjutant

AMERICAN LEGION POST 53

 The December 2017 meeting was called to order by Commander Schleicher at 1930 hours.

There were 12 members present for the meeting.

The November minutes were approved. The financial report was approved.

The Board reported that the new arch is up aand looks  really good. Tree planting has been completed. The new cooler is paid for and the Board thanked the Sons for the bar renovation. The veterans breakfast was a huge success again. The Board thanked Wendy for doing a good job.

Members voted to donate $100, each to the Salvation Army and Christmas Cheer.

Deceased veterans were honored.

The January 2018 meeting will be on the 9th  at 1930 hours.

Respectfully submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Adjutant

AMERICAN LEGION POST 53

The November 2017 meeting was called to order by Commander Schleicher at 1930 hours.

There were 115 members present for the meeting.

The October minutes were approved. The financial report was approved.

The Board reported that the trees were planted in the Park by a Boy Scout group.The Sons replaced the carper in the entranceway. There will be four new beer tappers installed when the new cooler is in service. The old beer coolers are for sale. The small one for $500 and the large one $1500. The Club had a positive income of $693 for September.   

Members voted to Give the Club $200 for the Veterans Day breakfast.

There was a request that the Board write a letter and have it published thanking all the people who helped with the flags on Veterans Day.

Deceased veterans were honored.

The December meeting will be on the 12th  at 1930 hours.

Respectfully submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Adjutant

AMERICAN LEGION POST 53

 The October 2017 meeting was called to order by Second Vice Commander Brettmann at 1930 hours.

There were seven members present for the meeting.

The September minutes were approved. The financial report was approved as corrected.

The Board reported that there were five guests at the Open Board Meeting. A new smart TV will be replacing the Karaoke TV in order to have music at all times. Bob Lathen was elected as the new Legion Board member. The Club lost $4,986 in August.  

Members voted to donate $40.00 to the VAVS for their Holloween party and $100.00 for the perpetual bus fund.

There was no one reported on sick call or in distress.

Deceased veterans were honored.

The November meeting will be on the 14 h at 1930 hours.

Respectfully submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Adjutant

AMERICAN LEGION POST 53

The September 2017 meeting was called to order by Commander Schleicher at 1930 hours.

There were 13 members present for the meeting.

The August minutes were approved. The financial report was approved.

The Board reported that the Sons have donated $5,000 for the cooler and also would like to remodel the bar area. Pillars for the Park will be paid for from the Park fund. The bid
TV will not be changed from music to sports for just one person.  

Service officer reported that there will be over 300 for the September 16th banquet at the Liederkranz. Applications for the 4th flight are due on November 11th.

The scholarship fund is doing well and the current $500 scholarship will be available next year.

Deceased veterans were honored.

The October meeting will be on the 10th at 1930 hours.

Respectfully submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Adjutant

AMERICAN LEGION POST 53

The August 2017 meeting was called to order by Commander Schleicher at 1930 hours.

There were 14 members present for the meeting.

The July minutes were approved. The financial report was approved.

The Board reported that a new cooler has been ordered and should be delivered in 6 to 8 weeks. Veterans traveling through with campers will be allowed to park at the northwest area of the parking lot. No trucks however. July steak feed went very well. Plan on a 4th of July event in 2018. Open board meeting will be on September 20 at 8:00 PM. Club lost $975 in June.

Service officer reported that there will be a banquet on September 16 for Veterans flight.

There will be an open house at the Veterans Hospital on September 14.

Members voted to donate $100 to Veterans Home and Veterans Hospital for the Yanks that Gave program.

Commander Schleicher appointed Dwight Donahey as Sergeant at Arms and POW/MIA, Mike Ponte as Service Officer, Bob Lathen for Children and Youth, Glen Palensky Americanism.  

Deceased veterans were honored.

The September meeting will be on the 12th at 1930 hours.

Respectfully submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Adjutant

AMERICAN LEGION POST 53

The June 2017 meeting was called to order by Commander Schleicher at 1930 hours.

There were 10 members present for the meeting.

The May minutes were approved. The financial report was approved.

The Board reported that the Sons are sponsoring “Whiskey Bent” at the Club on November 18; the north well was replaced as was the west door to the Club. SJ Louis will finish the grading of the west lot when available; Pedro Rivera Construction donated labor and material for new entrances on east side and curb on west drive. Club had a $6300 profit in April.

Service officer  reported that a USO type show to be given at the Leiderkranz..

Americanism chairman reported that the Memorial Day ceremony was very impressive and well attended.

A letter was  received by the Commander from Department that Grand Island and Kearney Posts are behind in their memberships. Post #53 has lost a number of members due to deaths this past year.

Deceased veterans were honored.

The July meeting will be on the 11th at 1930 hours.

Respectfully submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Adjutant

AMERICAN LEGION POST 53

The May 2016 meeting was called to order by Commander Schleicher at 1930 hours.

There were 18 members present for the meeting.

The April minutes were approved. The financial report was approved.

The Board reported that the concrete in the parking lot is completed ad that the striping is done. A new camera system has been installed. Baseball will not be allowed to park after 3:00 PM during the month of May. Bids have been received for a new beer cooler at the west end of the bar. Some trees will be removed on the eat side of the Park.

A presentation was given on the  Relay for Life event that will be held on June16 at Northwest High School. Event begins at 6:00 PM. Members voted to donate $500 for this event.

Long term continuous members were honored. Those present were presented their certificate and pin and were photographed with the Commander.

Second call for nomination of officers. None were received. Ron Callihan withdrew has name as a candidate for Trustee.  Motion and 2nd to have a White ballot cast for nominees. That motion passed. Officers elected are: Commander, Roger Schleicher. First Vice Commander, Mike Ponte. Second Vice Commander, Jim Brettmann. Chaplin, Leonard Sloan and Trustee Bob Lathen. These officers will take their positions in July except the trustee’s term begins in September.

Abigail Huggins sent the Post a thank you card for her  receiving the Legion scholarship.

There will be a resolution voted on at the Department convention to raise the cost of Boys State dues by $20.00. This will increase the cost of Boys State to $370.00 per boy.

Deceased veterans were honored.

The June meeting will be on the 13th at 1930 hours.

Respectfully submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Adjutant

AMERICAN LEGION POST 53

The April 2016 meeting was called to order by Commander Schleicher at 1930 hours.

There were 14 members present for the meeting.

The March minutes were approved. The financial report was approved.

The Board reported that the Easter egg hunt was a great success. A security person will be hired for party bars when required. UVC steak feed will be on April 22 from 5:00 to 7:30 PM. Liquor license passed check by State Patrol. Finances showed a $6,100 profit for February.

Children and Youth reported all five candidates for Boys State were accepted.

A presentation was given inviting veterans for be video taped about their experiences in the military. A sign up sheet is available. Contact Bob Labedz.

First call for nomination of officers. Present officers nominated for second term. Bob Lathen and Ron Callihan nominated for Three year term as Trustee. Second call and election at the May meeting.

Abigail Huggins is the first recipient of the Legion scholarship

There will be a resolution voted on at the Department convention to raise department dues by $5.00. If this passes, the Post would be looking at having to raise its dues.

Deceased veterans were honored. The May meeting will be on the 9th at 1930 hours.

Respectfully submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Adjutant

AMERICAN LEGION POST 53

The March 2016 meeting was called to order by Commander Schleicher at 1930 hours.

There were 12 members present for the meeting.

The minutes were approved. The financial report was approved.

The Board reported that they met with Justin Evertson from the Nebraska Forest Service to get ideas on what to plant in Memorial Park. They a re considering a new door on the west side, by the office, entrance. There will be a deposit on room rent to cover cleaning. The Auxiliary Easter egg hunt will be April 8th. The UVC steak feed will be March 18th.

Membership  is at 633. Post  received a certificate for being at 75% of membership as of November 2016.

Children and Youth  reported five candidates for Boys State. Three from Northwest High School, one from Central Catholic, and one from Grand Island High School.

There will be a resolution voted on at the Department convention to raise department dues by $5.00. If this passes, the Post would be looking at having to raise its dues.

Deceased veterans were honored.

The April meeting will be on the 14th at 1930 hours.

Respectfully submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Adjutant

AMERICAN LEGION POST 53

The February 2016 meeting was called to order by Commander Schleicher at 1930 hours.

There were 10 members present for the meeting.

The minutes were approved. The financial report was approved.

The Board reported that they are planning to put up a barrier at the west parking lot to keep people from driving on the grass. Considering bringing back the cheese plates in the lounge. The Auxiliary is going to set up a POW/MIA table in the lounge area. Another customer appreciation day in July is being considered. Finances showed a $1,766 profit for December.

Membership  is at 619 as of the meeting date. About 84%.

Americanism report was given detailing the Honor Guard activities for 2016. They conducted funeral services for 69 veterans, marched in the State Fair (only marching unit), posted colors for Relay for Life and other functions. In total the Guard participated in 87 events during the year.

Members voted to donate $100 to the Auxiliary for their Easter Egg hunt and to Central Catholic High School for their Post-Prom Party.

The Post will host the Junior Baseball state tournament in July.

Deceased veterans were honored.

The March meeting will be on the 14th at 1930 hours.

Respectfully submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Adjutant

AMERICAN LEGION POST 53

The January 2016 meeting was called to order by Commander Schleicher at 1930 hours.

There were 13 members present for the meeting.

The minutes were approved. The financial report was approved.

The Board reported that a 12 passenger van has been accepted for use by the Honor Guard. DAV members are welcome at the Club. Electric hand dryers are being installed in the lounge restrooms.16 bricks have been sold. Club had a profit of $371 in December.

Membership  is at 590 as of the meeting date.

Members from the Grand Island School Board gave a presentation on proposed changes to Memorial Stadium. Updates needed and more seating.

A presentation was given by Drayton Lawver about the Sea Cadet program that he is involved with.  Members voted to give him $300 to support his involvement.

Thank you letter was received from the Salvation Army.

District #6 meeting will be in Aurora on March 15.

Deceased veterans were honored.

The February meeting will be on the 14th at 1930 hours.

Respectfully submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Adjutant

AMERICAN LEGION POST 53

The December 2016 meeting was called to order by Commander Schleicher at 1930 hours.

There were 12 members present for the meeting.

The minutes were approved. The financial report was approved.

The Board reported that Bill Kaiser had been hired to engrave bricks. Menu prices are going to increase slightly and some items dropped. The Club had a profit of $5,300 for the month of October.

Membership  is at 569 as of the meeting date.

Members voted to give $100 to Christmas Cheer and the Salvation Army. A vote to donate $300 to the Club for a new TV was passed 6 to 4.

Thank you cards were received from the Grand Island Schools Foundation for our scholarship; Hero’s Flight and Vets Breakfast committee.

Bell ringers will be at Shopko on December 17th.

Wreaths Across America will be at the Vets Home on December 17th to place wreaths at the Veterans Cemetery.

Deceased veterans were honored.

The December meeting will be on the 13th at 1930 hours.

Respectfully submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Adjutant

AMERICAN LEGION POST 53

 The November 2016 meeting was called to order by Commander Schleicher at 1930 hours.

There were 12 members present for the meeting.

The minutes were approved. The financial report was approved.

The Board reported that the sidewalk at the south end of the Park is installed and has  been named Memorial Walk. Bricks at $100 each are available on the walk. They are looking at getting more security cameras installed. The broken pavement will be replaced in the spring.

Membership  is at 512 as of the meeting date.

Members voted to give $100 to Wreaths across America and $300 to the Veterans Breakfast.

The Auxiliary put together a float to celebrate Girls State for the Harvest of Harmony parade.

A Legion jacket ahs been donated for any members wearing a size large. See the Adjutant.

Deceased veterans were honored.

The December meeting will be on the 13th at 1930 hours.

Respectfully submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Adjutant

AMERICAN LEGION POST 53

The October 2016 meeting was called to order by Commander Schleicher at 1930 hours.

There were 14 members present for the meeting.

The minutes were approved. The financial report was approved.

The Board reported that the sidewalk at the south end of the Park is being laid. The archway will follow. Club showed a loss of $7,500 for the month of August.

Membership  is a 462 per cent as of the meeting date.

Members voted to give Tami Jansen $100 for her presentation on service dogs. Also, the members voted to donate $3,000 for the next hero flight.

The mid-winter Legion Department conference will be held at the Grand Hotel in Grand Island January 13-15, 2017.

Deceased veterans were honored.

The November meeting will be on the 8th at 1930 hours.

Respectfully submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Adjutant

AMERICAN LEGION POST 53

The September 2016 meeting was called to order by Commander Schleicher at 1930 hours.

There were 14 members present for the meeting.

The minutes were approved. The financial report was approved.

The Board reported that they have a number of ongoing projects. They designated space on the west wall of the United Room for the plaque donated by Glen Decker and also approved space on that wall for the Honor Guard. Working on bids for sidewalk and arch at south side of park.  Reminded members of the open Board meeting on September 21 at 7:00.

Elected James Brettmann as 2nd Vice Commander. Mike Ponte assumed the 1st Vice Commander chair due to the death of Ed Sargeant.

Membership  is a 445 per cent as of the meeting date.

Tami Jansen presented a very fine program concerning service dogs. She had her dog Miles with her.

Deceased veterans were honored.

The Octobeer meeting will be on the 11th at 1930 hours.

Respectfully submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Adjutant

AMERICAN LEGION POST 53

The August 2016 meeting was called to order by Commander Schleicher at 1930 hours.

There were 15 members present for the meeting.

The minutes were approved. The financial report was approved.

The Board reported that they will be responsible for seeing that the flags are flown properly. Financially, $3,700 profit last month.

Baseball  committee is setting up a scholarship.

Membership  is a 50 per cent as of the meeting date.

Members voted to accept a plaque donated from the Veterans Home. Board to decide where it should be mounted.

Deceased veterans were honored.

The September meeting will be on the 13th at 1930 hours.

Respectfully submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Adjutant

AMERICAN LEGION POST 53

The July 2016 meeting was called to order by Commander Schleicher at 1930 hours.

There were 13 members present for the meeting.

The minutes were approved. The financial report was approved.

The Board reported that a sign will be going up to keep kids off the wall. Also, security for party bars is being considered.

Baseball  regular season ended this date. Area A6 Junior baseball tournament will be on July 15-17.

Membership  renewals are coming in at a rapid pace. As of July 12 151 renewals had been received.

No  report on proposed department dues increase.

Thank you letters received from Relay for Life and American Cancer Society.

Deceased veterans were honored.

The August meeting will be on the 9th at 1930 hours.

Respectfully submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Adjutant

AMERICAN LEGION POST 53

The June 2016 meeting was called to order by Commander Schleicher at 1930 hours.

There were 10 members present for the meeting.

The minutes were approved. The financial report was approved.

The Board received four cemetery plots at West Lawn for use by veterans in need.

Members voted to donate $950 to the Club for new bar stools.

Members voted to amend the by-laws removing the term limits on the Post Commander.

Commander reappointed Leonard Sloan as Chaplain, Richard Simpson as Adjutant/Quartermaster, Dwight Donahey as Sgt at Arms and P OW/MIA chairman. Appointed Glen Palensky as Americanism chairman.

Discussed impact on Post finances should Department dues increase pass at the Department Convention.

Deceased veterans were honored.

The July meeting will be on the 12th at 1930 hours.

Respectfully submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Adjutant

AMERICAN LEGION POST 53

The May 2016 meeting was called to order by Commander Monk at 1930 hours.

There were 18 members present for the meeting.

The minutes were approved. The financial report was approved.

The Board is considering opening the Club to the public. The Club had a $2,000 loss for March.

Certificates and pins were presented to three 50 year members. They were B.E. Burhoop, Dan Julsgard, and Roger Luebbe.  

Members voted to don ate $500 to Relay for Life.

Second  reading of proposed amendment to the By-Laws was read. Vote n change will be at the June meeting.

Dues increase by Department is expected to pass at the Department convention next month.

Deceased veterans were honored.

The June meeting will be on the 14th at 1930 hours.

Respectfully submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Adjutant

AMERICAN LEGION POST 53

The April 2016 meeting was called to order by Commander Monk at 1930 hours.

There were 11 members present for the meeting.

The minutes were approved. The financial report was approved.

The Board is requesting funding for new bar stools. Members voted do not give $1300 for this purchase. The Club had a $3,900 profit last month.

Members voted to purchase 200 baseball certificates to be given to the Legion ball players at the end of the season.  

Second call for nomination of officers for the coming year. None were received. Motion and second to elect Schleicher Commander, Sergeant 1st Vice Commander, Ponte 2nd Vice Commander, Hill 3 year Board member. Carried.

Members reminded that we will be presenting 50, 60 and 70 year certificates to those members qualifying at the May meeting. Would like a good turn out to honor these eight members.

Deceased veterans were honored.

The May meeting will be on the 10th at 1930 hours.

Respectfully submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Adjutant

AMERICAN LEGION POST 53

The March 2016 meeting was called to order by Commander Monk at 1930 hours.

There were 14 members present for the meeting.

The minutes were approved. The financial report was approved.

The Board reminded members of the open Board meeting on March 16th. This will be the last semi-annual Board meeting Club had a $103. New TV installed for the bowlers.

Three candidates for Boy State were interviewed and four Junior Law cadets. All applicants were forwarded to State and District.

Members voted to give $2,500 to the baseball program to help purchase 50 dozen baseballs. There will be a fund raiser for the baseball program on April 8.  

The Department has a resolution to be resented at the Department convention to increase their dues by $3.00 per member. If it passes the Post will be reduced to receiving only $2.25 per member.

First call for nomination of officers for the coming year. None were received. Second call and election will be at the April meeting.

Deceased veterans were honored.

The April meeting will be on the 12th at 1930 hours.

Respectfully submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Adjutant

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